Documenting the journey of a Cameroonian filmmaker
On a recent interview with ‘Scene and Heard TV’, one third of the group Dirty Money Kaleena Harper had this to say about her relatively obscure rise to fame.
“I kind of started off as a solo artist, and I was doing that for a very
long time. And you know, just coming up against obstacles; they was like,
you know, ‘you too black,’ or ‘you’re not marketable.’ Whatever they came
up with in their minds to say that I wasn’t artist material, you know. I
just said I’m going to be a businesswoman, and I’m going to be like the
Missy Elliotts, and the R. Kellys, and the Keith Sweats. I’m going to
write for other artists, and they’re not going to have no other choice but
to hear me, and to buy my music, and to respect me as an artist.
That was complexion wise. It was complexion, and you know something, it’s
a difference between chocolate and brown and peanut butter and even
Snicker bar, you know what I’m saying. Chocolate is something different,
you know. And so the way they made it seem was, you black as night girl;
you crispy, burnt black, and that’s just not marketable right now. And it
wasn’t at the time to be totally honest with you.”
Listen to the interview below from the 3:15 mark.
L-R: Dawn Richards, Diddy and Kaleena Harper.
Hopefully this light skin vs Dark skin issue in the American entertainment industry has seen its last days. This is beyond ridiculous.
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